In this section:
  • Engine, 0-60mph and gearbox
  • Suspension and ride comfort
  • Handling
  • Noise and vibration

Performance & drive

What it’s like to drive, and how quiet it is

Engine, 0-60mph and gearbox

With just 71bhp, there's enough pep for pottering around town, but the Aygo’s three-cylinder, 1.0-litre petrol engine’s performance can best be described as leisurely on faster roads. Maximum shove isn’t available until 4600rpm, so you need to rev it hard and work the five-speed manual gearbox to decent progress, and this is most noticeable at motorway speeds or up steep hills. 

While there are other city cars with such modest power reserves, including cheaper versions of the Volkswagen Up and Kia Picanto, both those are also offered with gruntier engines that will better suit anyone intending to make regular motorway jaunts.

It’s a usefully agile car that can nip in and out of traffic with little bother. However, faster bends will expose the Aygo’s top-heavy nature, culminating in more body lean than you’ll experience in a Kia Picanto.

Noise and vibration

Working the Aygo hard gives rise to plenty of thrum from its three-cylinder motor, and at various points in the rev range, the vibration it imparts through the steering wheel and pedals is noticeable — more so than you feel in an Up, for example. Road noise isn't too bad for the class, but wind whistle around the front windows, and especially the canvas roof if you have optioned it, is a downside.